Did You Know?
Sea lions are unique to South Australia and Western Australia. The population is about 15,000 animals, with 80 percent of sea lions located in South Australia.
Did you know?
Over the last thirty years, almost 250 species of sharks have been discovered. Who knows how many species haven’t been found!
Orca Attack On Great White Shark
Recently (2/2/15) we witnessed an extremely rare event of a pod of Orca’s that attacked and killed a Great White Shark at the Neptune Islands. As a result of this no Shark Cage Dive operator has seen a Shark in the area since. This is un-chanted territory for the industry and the first time no Sharks have been sighted since April 2014. As this is an unprecedented event, we are unsure on when they will return. All tours in the mean time will still be operating as scheduled.
We will be contacting everyone on a week by week basis who is booked on a Shark tour over the coming weeks to explain the situation and give them a number of options. In our endeavour to reach everyone, if you have read this post and know someone who is booked on a tour or interested in booking on during this period, please tag them on our Facebook page.
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Should you have any questions please contact our head office on (08) 8682 2979 or email email@example.com. We look forward to having you onboard.
To read about this incredible event please see our blog post.
Adventure Bay Crew
How do orcas communicate?
Killer whales use echo-location to communicate and hunt, making sounds that travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back, revealing their location, size, and shape. They can even identify species of fish by their echo! (source)
How fast can an Orca swim?
Killer whales can swim at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h). (source)
How big do Orcas grow?
Orcas can weigh up to 6 tons (5,443 kilograms) and grow to 23 to 32 feet (7 to 9.7 meters)! (source)
Are there photos from the tour available?
We have a camera on board that the crew use to take photos throughout the day. On the Swim with Sea Lions tour one of the crew will use the underwater camera to take photos of you and our playful, sealy friends. On the Swim with Great Whites tour you get to be the photographer! Just ask the crew for the underwater camera to take in the cage with you and take as many pictures as you like of the sharks, your buddies and of course a selfie of you in the cage!
When we get back from the tour the camera is downloaded at ABC headquarters and you will receive an email 2 days after you tour with a link to download the photos. If you do not have an email please let us know.
You are very welcome to bring your own underwater camera/GoPro if you have one. Remember to upload any cool photos or videos you get onto our Facebook page so the other guests who were on the trip with you can share it!
How do I buy a gift voucher?
There are a few ways to buy a gift voucher for someone you love (or hate depending how you look at giving someone a gift to dive with sharks!).
Gift vouchers can be purchased on the website by clicking the book now button on the tour you want, then follow the “Buy a Gift Voucher” button.
If you would like a hard copy gift voucher to be posted out to you just contact us directly on 08 8682 2979 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post or (if your a bit short on time) email a lovely voucher out to you.
Is there any damage to the marine environment?
The marine area needs to be protected. Guests are given instruction not to remove or touch any marine grasses, rocks etc. We access the area by boat and therefore do not cause any damage to the seafloor.
Our vessel undergoes an annual survey and we have a strict preventative maintenance schedule that ensures that there is no risk of oil leaks, spills etc. Guests are instructed to swim with the Sea Lions and only interact if the Sea Lions approach them.
What is Adventure Bay Charters commitment toward ecological sustainability?
We aim to undertake continual improvements toward ecological sustainability through the adoption of best practice techniques. We do this by taking feedback from customer’s staff as well as general observations and incorporating these into our policies and procedures. We have a strong relationship with Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and ensure that we abide by all current guidelines. We also ensure that at all times we adhere to National Parks and Wildlife Regulations, Marine Parks Regulations and license conditions under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Adventure Bay Charters has an environmental management system written specifically for each of its tours. All environmental aspects and impacts are taken into account and this management plan is revised on an annual basis.
Adventure Bay Charters is licensed and operates under the Great White Shark Cage Diving Code of Conduct to promote shark cage diving in South Australia in a professional and responsible manner.